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that would have sent billions of dollars to help superstorm sandy recovery efforts across the northeast. the senate approved a $60 billion bill last week but the house decided not to bring up any other legislation and that enraged house lawmakers from new york. >> everybody played by the rules, except tonight, when the rug was pulled out from under us, absolutely inexcusable, absolutely indefensible. we have a moral obligation to hold this vote, the people out of their homes, the people who are cold, without food, the people who have lost their jobs, they don't have the time to wait. >> disaster knows no boundaries. this body has acted with speed and compassion to help americans throughout the country and disaster after disaster, dysfunction, mr. speaker, in this congress, shouldn't result in punishing victims of sandy in new york, new jersey, connecticut and pennsylvania. this is a sad day. >> the delegations of those states are angry. the new congress starts tomorrow, and all bills start from scratch, but house appropriation chairman hal rogers is not concerned about quickly getting m
adjourn the 112th congress without providing assistance to the victims of superstorm sandy. i am joined today, mr. speaker, by many of my colleagues from the jurisdictions that -- whose people received the most damaging blow. though my district did not sustain the extreme damage that those in new york, new jersey, and connecticut did, the president declared several maryland counties eligible for federal assistance from this storm. but it was minor, and my citizens are not in dire circumstances. but the citizens of some who we'll hear from today are in that condition. those counties joined hundreds in the 1,000-mile diameter of this storm, the largest geographicically in the history --geographically in the history of the atlantic hurricanes. now at best the speaker said that sandy's victims will need to wait until the next congress to receive assistance. wait. they say to millions who are in pain and in distress. we should not be waiting, mr. speaker. we should be voting this very morning, which i tell you, mr. speaker, i expected to happen from my discussions with the majority leader. a
on the fight over aid to victims of superstorm sandy. these victims may have to wait for months for help, because your congress just cannot get it together. unless, unless a meeting this hour provides a last minute fix, house lawmakers will leave town would the passing an aid package to help sandy survivors rebuild their homes and their lives. lawmakers from areas affected by sandy are furious that the senate-passed bill may die. republican congressman peter king says it is all speaker boehner's fault. >> speaker boehner is the one. he walked off the floor. he refused to toll us why. refused to give us any indication or warning whatsoever. i'm saying anyone from new york and new jersey who contributes one penny to the republican congressional campaign committee should have their head examined. i would not give one penny to these people based on what they did to us last night. i would say -- i'm talking about the people in my neighborhood that i see, people are out of homes, people are living in devastated homes, people without jobs, people lost their businesses, their clothing, their lif
officials that hit the ground when superstorm sandy hit explained that if you didn't get money into the hands of these small businesses almost immediately, then most likely they would go under. if you don't start rebuilding right away, people start to become depressed and they lose hope. let's not even discuss the economic impact. so to delay this vote even for another day is something that will resonate not only with the people that have been affected and are suffering and have lost everything, but i think it will resonate with the american people for a long time, and i think it will make them wonder what we are here for and what is the role of the federal government, what is the role of the congress, and maybe most importantly, can they trust us? so it is with a heartfelt apology that i apologize to my constituents, to my fellow new yorkers in need, those in new jersey, connecticut, and pennsylvania. i did all that i could. i will not stop, i will not relent, and i will continue to push for this vote to come as quickly as possible, but there is no rhyme or reason and it is in
from both parties outraged. superstorm sandy inflicted tens of billions of dollars of damage to states along the east coast and it seems like relief for this kind of disaster and all the suffering would be above politics. it would seem. well, it was, yeah, sure, with the lawmakers promising to get it done until they didn't and just went home. no vote. no money. dana bash is going to join me from capitol hill with all of the fincger pointing and how congress is now scrambling to fix it and survivors of sanity hook, they're going to head back to school tomorrow. gary tuckman is going to tell us what the students and teachers are going to be facing as those classes resume nearly three weeks after that deadly attack. we'll have those stories, as well as an interview with a state lawmaker who took a shot at a holiday with a press release, why must we still hear about kwanza tonight, it's number three. >> thanks very much. >> just a little different. >> all right. our fifth story "outfront," president obama talking tough in a very serious and aggressive way. would put -- to shame because whi
for victims of superstorm sandy. new york congressman peter king joining us live to talk about that. >> we can not turn our backs on our citizens who need us. some who will not have a place to stay for a long period of time. people who have suffered. people who need food. we are americans. this is what is supposed to separate us from everyone else. i am absolutely shocked. but she loved it so much... i told her it was homemade. everyone tells a little white lie now and then. but now she wants my recipe [ clears his throat ] [ softly ] she's right behind me isn't she? [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. >> announcer: 'tis the season of more-- more shopping, more dining out... and along with it, more identity theft. by the time this holiday season is over, an estimated 1.2 million identities may be stolen. every time you pull out your wallet, shop online or hit the road, you give thieves a chance to ruin your holiday. by the time you're done watching this, as many as 40 more identities may be stolen. you can't be on the lookout 24/7, but lifelock can. they're relentless abou
will end without having a vote on superstorm sandy aid. that was something that people were looking for. >> this is absolutely indefensible. the fact is every bit of documentation that was required by the leadership of the house was provided by governor cuomo, governor christie, merritt blob, everybody played -- mayor bloomberg, everybody played by the rules except tonight. indefensible. we have a moral obligation. the people are out of their homes, the people who are cold, the people without food, the people who have lost their jobs, they don't have the time to wait. we cannot just walk away from our responsibilities. >> and the senate had passed a $60.4 billion sandy disaster aid bill last week. the current session comes to an end today after the new congress gets sworn in. legislation does not, though, carry over from session to session. so consideration of an aid bill would have to start all over again if nothing is scheduled before then. joe? >> back and forth on this was whether it's direct aid or not, in the house they said that there were things that were tagged on. things for l
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